Wanderlei Silva didn't do himself any favors when he decided to hightail it out of his gym when Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials decided to pop in for an unexpected visit to administer a drug test a few weeks back.
The move not only got him the boot from his scheduled fight against bitter-rival Chael Sonnen, which was supposed to go down at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it also earned him some unwelcome criticism from fans and fighters alike, with the consensus being Silva had something to hide.
It also got Silva a hearing with the NSAC, which just so happened to be today (Tues., June 17, 2014), to explain his actions. Wanderlei attended the meeting with Dr. Ross Goodman in tow to clear up the "misunderstanding."
The drug test collector who Silva allegedly ran from, was in attendance to give his side of the story and revealed that after finally getting a hold of him in person, Silva agreed to the test. Minutes later, Silva gave him the run-around and eventually dodged him at his gym.
Ross Goodman, who was speaking for Silva, was adamant that Silva has never failed a drug test throughout his 20-year fighting career. He then went on to reveal that Silva was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine after fracturing his right wrist by UFC doctors.
He later confirmed that Silva -- who didn't speak a word -- regretfully took diuretics to deal with the injury and feared they would show up on the drug test, essentially admitting he did do his best to avoid getting tested.
Silva will now be scheduled to attend another disciplinary meeting at later date.
In an interesting plot twist, Chael Sonnen, the man scheduled to meet Silva on the Fourth of July weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event, was recently popped for banned substances after an earlier drug test administered by NSAC provided a positive result.
Chael, however, openly admitted to taking the substance Clomiphene in efforts to taper off testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). A treatment he was accustomed to receiving prior to it being banned In the state of Nevada.
Sonnen was subsequently removed from his scheduled fight against Silva's replacement, Vitor Belfort, a man who has his own issues with NSAC, and ultimately decided to retire from active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. In addition, Sonnen was handed a temporary suspension by the NSAC during today's hearing and will be scheduled to appear at a disciplinary hearing at a later date.
What say you Maniacs, satisfied with Silva's side of the story?